Electric Car Breaks 200 MPH, Sets New World Land Speed Record


Look at that car go!
An electric car built by students at Brigham
Young University has set a new land speed
record for cars in its class. “Electric Blue”
averaged a mind-blowing 204.9 mph over
two runs at the Bonneville Salt Flats this
month, beating its own previous record from
2011 by nearly 50 mph.
“When we set the record three years ago we
felt like we left a lot on the table,” Kelly
Hales, an electrical engineering student at
the university and captain of the car’s design
team, said in a written statement. “On paper
we thought we could get 200 mph but we
never had the conditions just right—until
Just check out the video above to watch the
2011 run.
Electric Blue competes in the “E1″ racing
class, since it’s electrically powered and
weighs less than 1,100 pounds. The sleek
blue-and-white streamliner is made of
lightweight carbon fiber and powered by
lithium iron phosphate batteries. Its
spaceship-like design has been modified by
dozens of students over the course of 10
Following the record-setting run, the car has
been retired, according to the design team.
“This was kind of the last hurrah,” Dr. Mike
Miles, a manufacturing professor at the
university who worked as an advisor on the
project, said in the statement. “We wanted to
give them one final shot.”